Playmakers - The Game Industry Podcast

Playmakers - The Game Industry Podcast

Jordan Blackman interviews the leaders and legends of the video game industry so that you can succeed with your game project, career, or startup. Discover how you can produce, market, and operate games more successfully so that your career can be more satisfying and impactful, whether you're a game designer, engineer, or entrepreneur and whether you work at a studio, publisher, brand or startup.

No matter your experience or discipline, this is the show that can level you up on everything from raising funds to live operations, and everything in-between. Oh, and you'll have fun every step of the way, because there's a magic sprinkle of goofiness in each episode. So, thwack that subscribe button and buckle on your safety belt, 'cus this here is the wildest ride in the metaverse.

Recent Episodes

Rapid Prototyping Secrets for Better Games with Bernard François

Nov. 11, 2020

Bernard François runs Preview Labs, a company dedicated to helping studios create prototypes. They …

Inside the Mind of a Game God, with Steve Meretzky

Sept. 15, 2020

I mean, it's Steve Meretzky, one of the greatest game writers and puzzle designers of all time. He'…

From Table Tops to Live Ops, with Bruce Harlick

Sept. 7, 2020

Bruce Harlick is a prolific game designer and a beloved member of the bay area design community. He…

Product Management & Monetization 101 & 201, with Gordon Rowe

Aug. 31, 2020

Gordon Rowe was a product manager on Mafia Wars, and then served as Zynga's only product manager on…

How to Become (or work with) a AAA Game Composer, with Michael Bross

Aug. 25, 2020

AAA audio composer and sound designer Michael Bross has composed on games like Ratchet and Clank, C…

Managing Your Game Industry Career, with Marc Mencher

Aug. 3, 2017

Marc’s first gaming job was at Sphere, which was later renamed to Spectrum Holobyte. He worked as a…

About the Host

Jordan Blackman

Jordan is an industry insider, who has worked as a Senior Producer at Ubisoft and a Lead Designer at Zynga. Since 2012, Jordan has been helping clients like EA Sports, AMC Networks, The Pokemon Company, Ellen Degeneres, and Capcom create and grow hit games. In each episode of Playmakers, he goes to work uncovering valuable insights, tactics, and know-how from a wide range of entertaining personalities including designers, writers, product managers, technologists, studio founders, executives, and more. Why? So that you get practical perspectives and insights week after week.